In recent years Texas has built a reputation as an economically forward-thinking
state, with industries such as technology and healthcare bringing valuable
services to many. Healthcare in particular provides jobs to countless
residents of Houston and area facilities often boast stellar reputations.
Still, incidents of negligence still occur in Texas hospitals. What some
patients may not realize is that hospital negligence may not always be
the fault of doctors.
When someone is sick or injured and requires hospitalization, they may
be evaluated and treated by a variety of professionals. These include
physicians, physician’s assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical
nurses, nurse’s aides and nurse practitioners. Thus, a patient could
potentially be a victim of
nursing negligence despite having a doctor who followed all standards of patient care. Examples
of nursing errors can include life-threatening mistakes, such as failure
to treat infection or failure to notify doctors of a change in condition.
At times, if a non-physician errs in practice liability may be found with
the supervising physician. At other times, the individual nurse may be
legally responsible. In other situations it may be that individual’s
employer who is later held accountable in court. This may be the case
in hospitals or nursing homes where overworked nurses are not given proper
breaks or are forced to work overtime. In still other cases, the nurse’s
employer may be responsible if certain healthcare team members are forced
to do tasks for which they were not trained.
According to a 2013 report in the Journal of Patient Safety, the number
of hospitalized individuals who suffer preventable harm range from 210,000
to 440,000 every year. Anyone who believes a doctor or other provider
may have acted negligently can consult with a
Houston medical malpractice attorney for information, direction and advocacy.